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Courtyard House in Seattle

January 5, 2024

Architecture: DeForest Architects PLLC

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Courtyard House Seattle Washington

Photos by Benjamin Benschneider

Courtyard House, USA

The owners of the Courtyard House, a waterfront home asked DeForest Architects to design a welcoming modern home with a seamless connection between indoors and out, a warm and elegant material palette, and “a view of Mount Rainier at our feet.” Squeezed between a narrow private lane and the lake, the main challenge was to create a sense of privacy and retreat while making the most of expansive views.

Courtyard House Washington USA

DeForest Architects responded with a main floor that flows from private entry courtyard through the great room and out to a series of waterfront entertaining spaces. The house is buffered from the lane by a custom wood fence that is staggered and punctuated by built-in strips of light. Guests enter through a custom steel gate into an intimate garden with a wall of glass open to the home’s interior. A large fir pivot door marks the threshold.

Courtyard House Seattle USA

Once inside, floor-to-ceiling lift-slide doors and hidden steel structure maximize the sense of openness. At the same time, the house is warm and welcoming thanks to a weathered limestone floor, fir ceiling, oak and walnut cabinets, and comfortable furniture with clean lines. Spaces flow from a generous kitchen to casual dining and living spaces and on out to a large terrace and fireplace area.

Courtyard House Seattle Washington

One favorite area is a sunroom just off the kitchen and terrace that serves as a comfortable space to work, read, or watch tv. More private spaces on the main floor include an office, exercise room, and practical mudroom and pantry.

Courtyard House Seattle USA

Upstairs, a band of channel glass running the length of the house affords privacy while admitting natural light and providing glimpses of the courtyard and a green roof. DeForest worked closely with he glass panel manufacturer to prove compliance with the residential energy code.

Courtyard House Washington USA

A custom steel stair is supported at one corner by a steel rod, a “skyhook” that is a wink one structural engineer’s nickname for how architects think buildings are supported 🙂 A balcony runs along one side of the entry space with bedrooms accessed via large sliding panels that allows light to permeate the house when guests and family aren’t using them. Each of the four bedrooms has a view of the lake and private deck and the guest bath and laundry are daylit by floor-to-ceiling channel glass. The primary bedroom features a fireplace, private deck, and large dressing room.

Courtyard House Seattle Washington

In the end, the owners wrote that DA’s facilitated [their] “dream” without ever being presumptuous or imposing…. Exactly what we were hoping for in a “design partner”.

Courtyard House Seattle USA

Courtyard House in Seattle, Washington – Building Information

Architecture: DeForest Architects PLLC –

Interior Designer: NB Design Group
Landscape Design: Allworth Design
Builders Contractor: Prestige Custom

Project size: 5000 ft2
Building levels: 2

Courtyard House Seattle Washington

Photographer: Benjamin Benschneider

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Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

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